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Milkweed Seeds Ripe for Harvest, Gather them Now for Future Monarch Butterfly Host Plants | texasbutterflyranch

Source: Milkweed Seeds Ripe for Harvest, Gather them Now for Future Monarch Butterfly Host Plants | texasbutterflyranch

bird gardening: powerhouse fruiting plants, with andy brand – A Way To Garden

Source: bird gardening: powerhouse fruiting plants, with andy brand – A Way To Garden

A Database to Help Choose Native Plants

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin

tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum – A Way To Garden

Source: tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum – A Way To Garden

10 berries that birds love | MNN – Mother Nature Network

The berry-producing shrubs and trees make flowers that develop into a colorful berries that attract birds to your backyard.

Source: 10 berries that birds love | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Official Website – Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens – Druid Hill Park Baltimore, MD

This is the official website of the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. The Rawlings Conservatory was established by the City of Baltimore in 1888.

Source: Official Website – Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens – Druid Hill Park Baltimore, MD

How To Harvest Milkweed Seeds: All of The Facts, No Fluff!

Fall is here and the time has come to harvest mature milkweed seeds from milkweed pods. But how do you separate seeds without making a fluffy, white mess?

Source: How To Harvest Milkweed Seeds: All of The Facts, No Fluff!

Replacing Shrubs & Plants

Question:

Is the shrub in pictures 1 and 2 salvageable? The evergreen in the other picture looks hopeless. Does it need to be replaced?

Answer:

The shrubs could be cut all the way back and MAYBE recover, but I think you’re smart to replace them. The weather this winter was tough and even if they leaf back out, they are weak plants.

Hope this helps.

Carrie

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NATIVE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

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As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.

There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife — native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.

Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition — with an expanded resource section and updated photos — will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy’s practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.

Michael Gaffney Coming to Lutherville Garden Club Dec. 2, 2014

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contemporista | Interior Design Student Blog.

“I have since watched lots of video tutorials on Youtube and was particularly impressed with the technique used by the New York-based Michael Gaffney.  It is different, fast, easy and perfect for a spring/summer informal bouquet.”